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Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Posted on: March 19, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 5:08 pm
 
The NBA has suspended Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum for his flagrant foul 2 on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. Posted by Royce Young and Ben Golliver. 

Update (Sunday): The NBA announced on Sunday that it has suspended Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum for two games for his flagrant foul 2 on Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not particularly excited about it.
"I thought two games was excessive, but who knows?" Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said. "Like I said [Saturday], you never know. There's no standard. There's nothing to go by. It's all subjective."
Bynum will miss Sunday night's game in Los Angeles against the Portland Trail Blazers and Tuesday's game in Los Angeles against the Phoenix Suns. Bynum will return on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Original Post:
Some have called Laker big man Andrew Bynum soft. Some have said he needs to get meaner. Potentially in an effort to do just that, Bynum clocked Michael Beasley with an elbow Friday night in Los Angeles.

Bynum was immediately hit with a Flagrant foul 2 and was ejected. By rule, Bynum will have to serve a one-game suspension for the foul as well.



It was an obvious dirty foul and a no-brainer for the officiating crew. Stuff happens on the court when guys are moving fast so a lot of times I tend to give the benefit of the doubt, but there's no question here. Mainly because, why would Bynum use his elbow to defend Beasley when, you know, he's a shot blocking seven-footer?

All Bynum has to do is put his arms up and he's automatically a presence. There's just no reason for him to go flying at Beasley with a wing out. I watched the replay 10 or 15 times and I just can't figure out the purpose for Bynum doing that. It honestly doesn't make sense. Initially, he looks like he's trying to avoid contact, but then it's like he says, "Ah, screw it," and throws that big elbow out.

It was a dangerous play as Beasley was in the air and because of the contact, went sprawling out toward the floor, Luckily, nobody was injured. I'm all for hard fouls because there's nothing wrong with going hard into someone, as long as it's a clean, safe play. This definitely wasn't.

I'm sure the NBA is reviewing the foul and will determined if it should be upheld, but I imagine it will. The Lakers next game is against the Blazers Sunday.

Comments

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

1 game should of been plenty, if you  look closely at the foul it looked worse than it was. beasley was caught off balance and fell hard to ground. if this was a 2 game suspension,kevin garnett should never ever play a game, as he does this every game.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Pretty serious intent as he not only threw himself into Beasley, but he threw a deliberate forearm.  If it had been Dwight howard instead of Beasley the David Stern (The Worm) refs would have done one of three things: called it a simple foul on Bynum, no foul at all or, most likely, called it on Howard.
The refs got it right, this time, it was a flagrant 2 foul, but Bynum should have been suspended for more games.  That type of foul is uncalled for and has no place in basketball (at any level).  Now, if Beasley was a dirty player and had done something to deserve retaliation, that is another thing.  i don't think he did anything to deserve that and I don't think he is a dirty player.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:56 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Here is where all the Haters come out.  Was it a flagrant 2, yes, should he be suspended for the following game yes.  I have seen much worse resulting in just a 1 game suspension.  Is the NBA trying to send a message?  Possibly, but for crying out loud, get consistent and follow your own rules.



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

Get a grip amateur.  Several years ago, Raja Bell, flat out laid Kobe out with a clothesline and just got 1 game suspension.  Just do us all a favor and shut that piehole.



Since: Jan 10, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Lakers C Bynum suspended 2 games for flagrant

We all know Jackson's statement is typical Jackson b.s.

Had this flagrant foul happened to a Laker, Jackson would be wee wee weeing all the way home.




Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:01 am
 

Video: Bynum picks up flagrant 2

wow! that just plain assault and he should be banned for atleast five gmes to send a message!  Beasley got up but he hurt himself.  His left arm, neck and hip are pretty sore today if not injured-



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Video: Bynum picks up flagrant 2

WOW! Bynum would have fit in perfectly with the dirty teams of Detroit bad boys easily!  Bynum did not even attempt to go for the ball or extend his hand up to block the shot.  He is a seven footer after all. Iv'e never really given Bynum much thought except that anytime his name came across sports articles or on ESPN I would assume it had to do with another injury he sustained, not because he was a dirty player. This plays was just disgusting to watch, looking how Beasley landed on his arm which was under his body. The NBA better step up and do the right thing and forgo the automatic one game suspension and give him more then that as well as going after some cash for a hefty fine.  I also wonder how his teammates could think he did nothing wrong by the way they were reacting.  If someone did this to Kobe there would have been a full blown brawl ala "The Palace"! I hope the NBA treats this as if it was Kobe taking a dirty shot like that but I have to think realistically and know that will not happen.


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